Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

The Long Road to Nowhere…

Posted on | August 1, 2011 | No Comments

While Montreal’s road system is randomly falling apart, considerably increasing the stress level of drivers, cyclist and pedestrians who use it on a daily basis, Jean Charest seeks refuge to the northern edge of civilization and unveils the creation of a road that leads to nowhere.

While Jean Charest is falling off the map with Plan Nord, while mining companies make away with our riches and get rewarded with discounted roadwork (after all, paying 44 million for a road worth 331 is quite a deal!), Sam Hamad falls silent and refuses to tell us exactly what’s the status of the Ville-Marie Highway.

While Sam Hamad is losing his bearings and making an engineer caricature out of himself, the population is held hostage by this old-fashioned thinking which stubbornly believe that the public at large isn’t ready to handle what information they’re given. But it so happens that sometime public outrage is an excellent indicator of the quality of our government’s work. In this case the work doesn’t stop at overpasses and roads: work also means justifying these expenses to the citizens.

While this government refuses to be held accountable for anything, we still aren’t able to verify if the government’s book are adding up… Specifically, what are the suspicious sources of income and the expenses paid to friends of the regime? We discount the sale of roads and overpasses as if they were natural resources.

While Jean Charest has lost his compass in the North and that his friends are happily sailing away on their yacht in the south, the rest of the planet is merrily pointing the finger at our stupidity.

But worse than wounded pride, the insecurity and powerlessness of ordinary citizen are preoccupying. This population mocked by the elite casts that depends on it deserves better, much better.


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